The Sooty keeper of the Figs

To: Laurie Knight <>
Subject: The Sooty keeper of the Figs
From: Chris <>
Date: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 22:40:11 +0800
Hi Laurie,

That bird had been there for years before I saw it there in 2010. However, I 
only saw it on my fourth visit to the site, and a local ranger said the bird is 
there only about 25% of the time so it has other roosts.


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> On 28 Sep 2014, at 17:19, Laurie Knight <> wrote:
> G’day
> I spent a couple of days on the Bunya Mts (Qld) last week.  Although it was 
> school holiday time, the campgrounds weren’t packed on week nights, and the 
> walking tracks were fairly quiet away from the Dandabah hot spots.  The dawn 
> choruses were pretty good, with the pittas and riflebirds calling regularly.
> Yesterday morning, I was out before the noisy crowd and looked up while 
> passing through the well known fig (a few hundred metres from Dandabah).  
> While there were no telltale droppings on the boardwalk through the tree, a 
> Sooty Owl (as featured on the info board inside the tree) was quietly 
> roosting on an internal branch about 15 metres up.  I was surprised to see 
> it, given that hundreds of people would have passed through the tree on a 
> daily basis that week.
> I imagine that most people pass through the tree without noticing the bird 
> and it has become accustomed to people so that it doesn’t flush.  I think 
> that as long as people don’t shine lights at it or use call playback, that 
> bird might be a reliable feature there.  I was certainly able to get good 
> photos without using a flash at 8 am.
> Regards, Laurie.
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